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Posted By Ossy,
Oct 26, 2008 at 2:56 PM
Drives me nuts, I wish they would do away with the terms "face cord" and "ricks".
Me too. It's regional. Most people here never heard of a full cord.
Wrong forum. We speak pellet speak here,
not cord wood. ;-P
Also to consider is what kind of wood (softwood weighs less per cord and has a lot less BTUs than hardwood) and where it came from. Seasoned red oak has nearly 3700 lbs/cord and 24 million BTUs. Douglas Fir only has 2900 lbs/cord and 18 million BTUs. That means a cord of doug fir should cost 25% less than a cord of oak. Usually not the case (or you get the "mixed" cord of who knows how much of what you're getting). Even hardwoods are way different - Osage Orange has 4700 lbs/cord (33 million BTUs), hickory is 4300 lbs and 28 million BTUS. We see a lot of maple & sycamore here - both of which are within a couple of % of pine in terms of weight/BTUs.
Also, if the woodcutter can get it free (like state forest cutting) then he's gonna have a lower cost basis. Same with if he gets it local & delivers locally - less fuel cost.
BTW, cedar & Ohio Buckeye are about the only firewoods that don't weigh at least a ton/cord. That means anyone who delivers your "cord" in anything less than a 1 ton truck might be shorting you (or they're wrecking their truck).
Most wood here is cherry, oak, maple and ash if there is any softwood by law here they must state it.